Hefty fines to take effect in January for unlocked guns in Seattle

Hefty fines to take effect in January for unlocked guns in Seattle

KOMO News file photo SEATTLE – A new city ordinance that would assess hefty fines of up to $10,000 against Seattle gun owners who do not safely store their firearms or report their misuse will be signed Wednesday by Mayor Jenny Durkan and take effect in January. “This is the kind of action we need to save lives. While we can’t prevent every gun death or injury, we can take steps to help prevent future tragedies,” Durkan said in a prepared statement. The ordinance was drafted last month following the release of a new University of Washington study showing that nearly two in three gun-owning households in Washington state do not safely store their firearms. Other studies show that nearly 1,300 children die from gunshot wounds each year. In 2015, an estimated 150,000 adults in King County reported storing a firearm unlocked. In Seattle, 250 stolen guns were reported in 2017, according to police. Carmen Best, the newly nominated Seattle police chief, is expected to be at the ordinance signing ceremony on Wednesday morning. Among the changes enacted by the new law: – A gun owner must come to a police station or file a report quickly when a firearm is lost, stolen or used improperly by someone else. Failure to report a gun theft, loss or misuse could result in civil penalties. – Gun owners could be fined up to $500 for failure to store a firearm in a locked container or to render it unusable to anyone […]

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